What can I do with cremains (ashes)?

As I work with families, all manner of questions arise – and one of the most frequent questions is “What do I do with the cremains (ashes)?  Every family has their own ideas and needs about what is proper and what is right for them. Many families keep the cremains until such time as one of the family members dies.  They then have the pet’s cremains buried with that family member.

While this may be appropriate for some families, you may want to consider an alternative that was recently shared with me.  Since both the husband and wife dearly loved their dog, they asked me to separate the cremains into two so that when the time came for them, each one could be buried with a part of their beloved companion.  Giving this choice some advance thought makes it simple to achieve when the time actually comes.

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